The former Spurs star does not approve of the way the Portuguese head coach currently treats the English national team player
Jose Mourinho was interrupted by Jamie O’Hara, who “dug up” Dele Alli, who accused Tottenham boss of killing the midfielder’s self-confidence.
Alli had a hard time getting to the regular playing time in the first half of the 2020-21 campaign.
The 24-year-old has only played in four Premier League games for the Spurs, and his next seven appearances come in cup competitions.
It was rarely launched when Jose Mourinho’s team took the Carabao Cup quarter-final match with Stoke City on Wednesday, but was eventually drawn immediately after the clock.
Tottenham were 1-0 thanks to a header by Gareth Bale until Alli lost possession as they jumped forward in the 53rd minute, allowing the Potters to hand over possession and score a Jordan Thompson goal on the back post.
Mourinho later replaced England international Eric Lamel, and the playmaker was visibly frustrated as he made his way to the stands.
The Spurs continued to win 3-1 thanks to late goals from Ben Davies and Harry Kane, but their controversial manager singled out Alli for criticism in his post-match interview.
“For me, a player who plays in that position is a player who has to connect and create, not create problems for his own team,” Mourinho told reporters.
O’Hara has now expressed his condolences to Alli, who is linked to his departure from Tottenham due to Paris Saint-Germain’s reported interest, with his belief that the player was treated unfairly during the most testing date in his career.
“I think Mourinho is doing great, but I don’t like the way he treats Dele Alli,” the former Spurs midfielder said. talkSPORT.
“What do you expect from a boy?” You don’t play with him, he wasn’t involved, he barely got on the bench, it doesn’t matter to start.
“Okay he made a mistake and they score a goal, but I don’t think he was very bad in the game; he works hard.
“I just think that when you go out and dig up a player in the press, he is a young player, I think he needs help.
“What does he get by going out in the press and digging up that one performance?” It just kills his confidence more.
“He is an investment for this club, and the advantage is for the club. Whether he plans your plans or not, you don’t want to kill his self-confidence much so you lose him completely.
“It’s okay, he made things happen. In that role number 10 you have to connect and make things happen, but I don’t think it’s Dele Alli’s game. He is a player who achieves that and scores goals on people’s backs. “